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>> reporter: people who live in a san jose neighborhood where three homes caught fire are still shaky this morning. a lot of questions remain.
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we'll tell you what firefighters are saying about the investigation. crystal clear warm day. the fog is making a little return today. that will impact temperatures on the coast and also the game- time temperatures. >> reporter: and the field, all ready to go at at&t park. we're just hours away from the san francisco giants' home opener against the arizona diamondbacks. the fans, they are excited. the giants are playing well. you will hear from them and you will also hear what you can expect if you were coming down here -- if you are coming down here today. a former police officer is accused of stealing drugs. why this could impact hundreds of criminal cases. "mornings on 2" starts right now. you are looking live at what's left of a car and several homes after a huge fire in san jose. ktvu's janine de la vega has been there all morning and just
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recently learned that fire investigators may have a tough time determining exactly what happened because of a specific tactic firefighters used to put out the flames. more on that in a couple of minutes. good morning. welcome to "mornings on 2." i'm tori campbell. >> good morning. >> good morning. i'm dave clark. let's talk about weather and traffic. steve, you still see fog out there? >> i see a little bit of fog. a lot of reports of that. also a nice twitter picture. we built this city. it's very low. bit there. pacifica half moon bay. el granada reporting fog. earlier this morning from the marina district and richmond we had foghorns. it will still be okay. it will still be nice. mge, upper 60s, loy 70s at bam time. just not as warm as yesterday. today will be cooler. some fog, mainly confined to the coast and very shallow. not making much of a difference except close to the coast. 60s, 70s. there will be warm
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temperatures. that fog is way to low. a few high clouds. with that fog there, 40s, 50s, to almost 60. santa rosa, 48. most locations, mid- to upper 50s. it will still be nice. mostly sunny. warm a little bit cooler over by the coast. we'll get a mini summertime pattern. here's sal. all right. we're looking at a commute that so far looks okay in general. we've had some slow traffic out there. we have a big crash in castro valley. but the bay bridge will be front and center today with that home omer at at&t park. we'll see traffic slow all day either coming to or leaving san francisco. right now it's about a 30- minute drive time. after 9:00, it probably won't get better with some people coming in for the home opener. first pitch 1:35. this is 880 in oakland and the traffic in both directions near
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the coliseum. looks pretty good northbound and southbound. westbound 580 castro valley sneer stroh bridge there is a -- near stroh bridge there is a crash there. traffic is quickly slowing down coming into castro valley. if you drive through castro valley, give yourself an extra 10, 15 minutes if you can. back to the desk. >> thank you, sal. continues coverage this morning of a large fire in san jose that destroyed one home and damaged two others. it began around 3:00 yesterday afternoon on mossbrook circle, not far from westgate mall. about 30 minutes ago, we learned that it might be difficult to determine how the fire started. ktvu channel 2 reporter, janine de la vega, has more on what could hold up the investigation. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. i want to show everyone, some of the damage, now that it's light outside, you can see burned, charred, destroyed
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cars. this is where a house used to stand. now it's just a pile of rubble. there is a chimney left standing there. firefighters brought in a bulldozer. that's disrupted a lot of the debris. it makes it difficult for an investigator to look for evidence. the fire was a stubborn one to fight. it began at 3:00 yesterday afternoon. flames shot up in the air about 50 feet. it burned for about around eight hours. the people who lived in the house where this fire started barely had enough time to escape. it destroyed their home and damaged the two neighboring houses. a dozen people were evacuated. the neighborhood is full of ikeler homes. >> these ikelers are susceptible to going up in flames very fast. we all know that. we all tried to do as much as we can to be careful. >> reporter: this morning, most of the people are back at home.
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two of the three families are being held by the red cross. they are looking for answers. we know a gas line was damaged and fueled the fire once it started. there was also a lot of wind. an investigator went into the property yesterday. a firefighter told me that an investigator seemed to think that the fire may have started near an electrical box. but that was just preliminary. it's unclear if any investigator will come back out today. still, no definitive cause of this fire. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thanks, janine. more details on the types of homes that caught fire. they are called ikeler homes. they can be found all over northern california and in parts of southern california. the homes are designed to bring the outside in with a lot of windows and open space. but firefighters say that type of floor plan actually helps fuel the flames. they say the homes create a draft effect that sucks air up and through the house.
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people who live in the homes say they were aware of the increased fire damage. the homes are known as seven- minute eichlers because of how fast they burn. they can be found in san rafael, san mateo, mountain view, walnut creek, oakland and san jose. 7:07. the woman found beaten to death by lake merritt has been identified as a 23-year-old mother. kimberly robertson recently moved here from dallas, texas. she was the mother of a 3-year- old. her body was found near park avenue and third avenue. investigators are still not sure if she was killed there or killed somewhere else. family members say she was last seen getting into a van outside of a oakland nightclub late friday or early saturday morning. the california air national guard has released new pictures of this week's dramatic rescue at sea. on sunday, a navy warship
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rescued a family off their sale boat hundreds of miles off the coast of mexico. a national guard team played a critical role in the mission. the 1-year-old girl remains in stable condition on board that u.s. navy ship. the ship is scheduled to arrive in san francisco where the baby will undergo further medical treatment. police in novato have released a sketch of a man they want to talk to in connection with a homicide. they say this man might be from central american country. police are offering a $1,000 reward for a positive i.d. on the man. the homicide victim has been identified as 31-year-old jimmy lucero tejada. a hiker found his body friday evening in an open space near the loma verde preserve. police have not said how tejada was killed. it's the first homicide in novato this year. there were none last year. 7:08. today is opening day at at&t park for the giants.
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fans are already lined up this morning. ktvu's alex savidge is live from inside the ballpark now with more on what to expect if you are going to the game. alex? >> reporter: well, the san francisco giants are coming back home. they are ready to kick off the season. the home opener here in san francisco and the stage is all set for this game later on today here at at&t park. look at this field. this is a beautiful site here. take a look at this grass. we're not allowed to touch it. that's just the rules here. but just perfectly cut grass. everything ready to go for the home opener. i thought the field looked perfect. you can see there in the distance, they are putting the finishing touches on that. they are doing some trimming work there. you can see some gentleman doing some trimming work just to make sure things are perfect when the giants and diamondbacks get together later on today and there will be a lot of fans. the place is packed. it's a soldout game. fans are already here at the
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ball park. table a look at some of them. they are inside the public house. they are watching the broadcast from knbr. the giants, they are doing well so far. fans are excited. they are 5-2 so far. first place in the n.l. west. they've been on the road and now coming back home for the opener. they've played the diamondbacks first and then they played the dodgers. they are in first place. the fans are feeling good about this season and they say opening day, the home opener, it's a special day. >> we had to be here. i grew up two blocks from candlestick. i've been to many, many, many home openers. just gotta be here, man. >> reporter: if you do come down to the ballpark today or any time this season, you want to keep in mind, there are new security measures in place this season. we'll talk about some of them. you see these metal detectors? we got video of them. they will be up at some of the
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entrances to at&t park. you want to keep that in mind if you come to the ballpark. it could take longer to get inside. also, no large bags. that still is in place at at&t park. let me take you out to a live picture. this is near mccovey cove. the stage is set this morning for a beautiful day for a baseball game here at at&t. sunny and warm, the giants and the diamondbacks getting together later on this afternoon. the gates open at 11:00. first pitch, tim hudson on the mound. he pitched well last week. so they are hoping he can do the same thing today. alex savidge, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, alex. looks like a beautiful day for a ballgame. former concord police officer heads to court this afternoon. coming up, how his criminal case could affect hundreds of
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others. new los angeles from los angeles about the gunman who shot a police officer seven times inside a police station. good morning. westbound 24 we're looking at it getting busy near la fayette. find out what's busier when we show you the rest of the commute in a few minutes. the fog is getting busker is. it wasn't -- busier. it wasn't there yesterday. but it is today. oh, coffee please. ♪ is this coffee? it's nespresso vertuoline. how do they make this froth? it's coffee crema. last question. ♪ may i have another cup please? thank you. next! [ penelope ] nespresso vertuoline. experience the revolution of coffee.
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7:14. we're learning new information about a shooting at a los angeles police department building. investigators now say an officer was shot seven times after a man walked in and opened fire. two officers fired back critically injuring the suspect. it happened while a community meeting was being held at the police station and witnesses
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report hearing at least 20 shots. >> if an individual comes into a police station and starts shooting for no reason, we don't know what this person is capable of. >> the officer who was injured is still in the hospital this morning and is expected to survive. the gunman was last listed in critical condition. just last june, a gunman ambushed two police detectives outside that same police station and that gunman was never caught. we are learning more about what led up to the shooting at fort hood that left four people, including the gunman, dead. investigators say army truck driver ivan lopez had requested leave before the shooting. they did not say whether the request was denied or approved. last wednesday, lopez opened fire killing three people and injuring 16 more before turning the gun on himself. there are reports he got intoen a argument with other soldiers before the shooting. two students in santa monica, they've been arrested after fighting with a teacher
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and it was all caught on tape. on monday, an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested charged with battery. look at this video from friday. you can see a long-time teacher and wrestling coach trying to pin a student to the ground. witnesses said it started after a conflict between the student and the teacher about the student's drug use. the school board put the teacher on leave, saying his use of physical restraint was unacceptable. now, the superintendent apologized later for making those comments after thousands of parents and former students flooded the school board with angry letters like this and e- mails defending the teacher. one such advocate was a former student and a founder of the silicon startup placebo. daniel jacobs started this petition asking that that teacher be reinstated. jacobs praised the teacher's actions to protect his
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students. the investigation is still underway. students at uc santa barbara are still talking about a violent raid during a block party over the weekend. the student body president sent e-mails to students saying they need to take more responsibility for their actions. at least six law enforcement officers and dozens of spring break students were hurt when 15,000 people hit the streets and things quickly got out of control. want to check in with sal. some people say there's kind of the staggered spring break and that's keeping traffic light over the last couple of weeks. >> i think so. i think that would help us all out. i don't see anything that light out there. but i guess it could be heavier. let's take a look at 880. this looks good. it doesn't start slowing down until after 8:00 when a lot of people push into downtown oakland. but the bay bridge is slow. it's backed up for a 30-minute
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drive into san francisco if you are trying to get into the city, you are gonna be dealing with a lot of people that don't normally come. today is the home 0 opener. just -- home opener. just plan ahead. probably the best thing, take b.a.r.t. and this crash 580 at stroh bridge, traffic is slow. in san jose, northbound 101 is slow all the way up to the central expressway. 85 slows from 87 into saratoga. it's kind of a tough one on 85 heading north. let's go to steve. all right, sir. thank you. a very good morning. carrie just tweeted me and said did you just have a jefferson starship reference saying "we built this city"? that's correct. that's the handle from the individual who sent me the fog over the excelsior district. we have a little bit of fog influence here. and it's still going to be just perfect over -- not as warm as
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yesterday. it was 80 degrees in san francisco yesterday. at this time yesterday, i think it was 59. it will be cooler. mostly sunny. take the sunscreen. there will be plenty of sunshine there. temperatures will be comfortable. sometimes in the third deck, you can get chilly. some of that fog is definitely kind of thick. it's very low. we have reports i know around the marina and inner richmond, also el granada pacifica, half moon bay reporting some fog. it's low. it won't make much of an impact unless it's going over your house. mostly sunny away from the coast. 40s, 50s, 48 half moon bay, 48 santa rosa. san jose is 57 degrees. looks like another mostly sunny day. still mild to warm inland. i thought yesterday would be the warmest day. i think that's playing out because the fog is making a push. yesterday it was crystal clear. 31 in tahoe except for the higher clouds. i think te will be with us for the morning.
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it will clear out. there are patches of thick fog. it's running into a lot of resistance here. it's showing up this morning. 70s for some. it will still be sunny for almost 95% of the forecast area here today. 80s for others. some of these will be mid-80s. a lot of sunshine. very mild to warm temperatureles. not much of a -- warm temperatures. not much of a push. slight increase in this fog over the next couple of days. inland temperatures will be running in the low 80s for some and then we'll cool it down by friday. nice weekend. happening in just over an hour, president obama will announce two moves aimed at closing the wage gap for women. the first executive order will ban federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay. the second will require contractors to provide worker salary information organized by
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sex and race. this falls on what activists call equal payday. that's the day the average american woman would need to work to american as much man as her male counterpart did in the previous year. a coalition of community groups and labor unions took the first step in the proposal to increase the minimum wage in san francisco to $15 an hour. the group filed paperwork  yesterday for a proposed measure on the november ballot to increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour in 2015, $14 an hour in 2016, and $15 an hour by 2017. san francisco's chamber of commerce has concerns about the proposal saying it should be studied to make sure it doesn't have negative consequences on job creators around the economy. san francisco right now has the highest minimum wage of the country. $10.15 an hour but not for long. santa fe, new mexico wage is
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set to raise to 10.66 in may. and a proposed ballot measure in oakland would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $12.25 an hour. the clock is really ticking for those search teams. the latest on the urgent search to find the black boxes from that missing malaysia airplane and why today's search is different. it's being called and enormous medical breakthrough. we'll tell you about the experiment that could make it possible to reverse paralysis. zñzñzñtgtgçwoç'c'cz
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vehicle clips another vehicle or anotherob jecket. the test is more difficult to pass than head-on crash. a new study came out this morning giving hope to paralyzed people. researchers say they've successfully restored voluntary movement to four men who were told they would never move theirlegs again. >> there you go. oh, moi gosh. >> doctors implanted a device that sends electric to the spine when the device is turned on. >> the first time i turned it on, it was exciting and emotional for me at the same
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time. emotional because i was told that i would never be able to walk or move my legs again. >> the scientists say this experiment opens up a world of possibilities for millions of people who are paralyzed. they say this study only scratches the surface. pro russian activists have taken over a city in eastern ukraine. actty. s want a referendum like crimea had on leaving ukraine and joining russia. they want the referendum no later than may 11th. they are asking putin to send in peace-keeping troops. russia is warning ukraine that any use of force against the protesters could lead to civil war. a fist fight broke out in ukraine's parliament over the proactions in the country's east. it happened when the head of the communist party told lawmakers they were responsible for what was happening in
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ukraine because they forced the country's president from power. angry lawmakers rushed the podium where he was speaking and the brawl broke out. 7:26. police bust a counterfeit credit card ring. >> a lot of clothes and personal effects. >> the stash of evidence officers found when they traced the steps of someone using a fake credit card. >> reporter: we're live where a former police officer appears in court on charges that he stole drugs from senior citizens. we'll tell you how his case could have a negative impact on hundreds more. good morning. plan your traffic day and if you are going to san francisco, it looks good now. but why you still may not want to bring your car to the city today. we'll explain. we have some fog coming back now. not a lot but a little bit. that will impact some of the temperatures by the coast. it will still be a beautiful day. we'll have the opening day
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forecast -- coming up.
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it is 7:30. we're live in martinez. that's where a former concord police officer will be in court in just a few hours on drug and theft charges. coming up in less than two minutes, the major impact his case could have on hundreds of
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other criminal cases. good morning. welcome back to "mornings on 2." i'm tori campbell. >> i'm dave clark. let's talk about weather and traffic. i just ducked outside. beautiful sunshine. steve, how's the forecast look. >> it looks good. night as nice as yesterday. mostly sunny. a little bit of fog. i know it's very low. right down on the deck for some. others it's not making any impact whatsoever. it will not have an impact on the game. it won't be as warm as it was yesterday. a lot of sunshine. any high clouds. game time temperature, 70 degrees. could be a tiny breeze. overall, some of that fog is coming back. it's being held in check. a few high clouds in the morning. who 40s -- 40s, 50s. napa, 48. half moon bay, 48. there's some areas where there's really thick fog. other areas probably across the street where it's clear. 57 san jose. running a little warmer there than other locations. some of that fog, it will be sunny to mostly sunny and warm. bayside and also inland. slight cool down for a few near
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the coast. did not have fog. 60s to mid-80s. here's sal. we're looking at a commute that's pretty busy getting into san francisco and that's gonna be the theme all day with the giants' home opener at at&t park starting at 1:30. that's gonna be the way it will be. let's take a look at highway 4. we're in contra costa county now. highway 4 is busy as you come up to the willow pass grade. moderately heavy conditions as you drive through. we mentioned the bay bridge. it's backed up for a 30-minute delay getting into san francisco. a 30-minute drive time. but unlike other days. i don't think it will get better after 9:00. i think it will get busier as we get to game time and then later getting out of san francisco will be a rough one with the car. take it easy on 101 because it is slowing way down after the capitol expressway into san jose. we've had a lot of fender- benders there. nothing major. 280 is slow.
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85 living up to its horrible reputation. i get so many e-mails and tweets about 85 being the freeway of death. they are kidding, of course. but it's very slow all the way to saratoga. back to the desk. >> all right, sal. happening today -- a former concord police officer will face a judge on charges that he stole prescription drugs from senior citizens. tara moriarty is joining us live from the contra costa county courthouse to tell us how his case could affect hundreds of other cases. >> reporter: good morning. matthew switzer will be appearing before the judge later this afternoon. he did officially resign yesterday. we reached out to fellow police officers with the concord police officer and they say they were shocked and devastated by his arrest. this casts doubt on his credibility. that means that hundred of cases that he was involved with could possibly be overturned. now, switzer was a k-9 officer with the concord police
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department and turned himself in and was booked into jail on friday. he's accused of using his position as a police officer to enter a senior living center steal norco, a powerful prescription drug. his attorney said he was stopped in 2012 and received dog bites and had to be treated with a. >> he was the lead investigator. he was the officer who decided to pull over my client and the officer who decided to release a dog on him, ultimately resulted in my client being bitten. >> reporter: the client claimed that he ran from switzer because the officer was acting unreasonably and unprofessionally. the jury didn't believe that. they convicted him. the prosecutors never called switzer to the stand. that's because switzer himself was under criminal investigation and on leave. now the public defender's office will have to pore over thousands of open and closed
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cases that involve switzer. tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right. also happening today -- leland yee is due back in court in just a couple hours. he's scheduled to enter a plea. his arraignment is set for 9:30 this morning in federal court in san francisco. now, he's accused of corruption and gun trafficking. codefendants keith jackson and ray manned shrimp boy chow are also scheduled to be in court. the california senate has removed the web pages of yee and two other suspended state senators. most senators have their photos on their district home pages. the home pages for yee and rod wright and ron cal de -- ron calderon just show the seal with no mention of their name. all three senators are still being paid their $95,000 a year salaries. an alert cashier at grayton
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casino is responsible for ending the luck of an elaborate credit card ring. brian flores is in the newsroom to explain how the cashier figured out and the warning that shorts have for people all over the bay area. good morning, brian. >> good morning. practically all of us use ke bit or credit cards -- debit or credit cards. the victims didn't know their cards were being used. people in this ring would steal active credit card or debit card numbers and use the machine to make the credit cards with the new number. the counterfeit cards would be used to withdraw thousands of dollars in cash or used in major purchases like cars or hotel rooms. investigators arrested six people so far in this ring. the suspects arrested all over the bay area, including walnut creek, san francisco and hayward. police are still looking for one other person involved. the group would mainly operate inside a hotel room at the double tree in rohnert park.
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an alert cashier noticed a discrepancy when somebody from the group tried to use a counterfeit card and cash voucher. they say the information didn't match. this is how investigators say ring leaders got the numbers. >> they can steal it when someone orders it over the internet on a nonsecure site. they get it from internet sites. we've had a lot of cases where they put a skimming device inside a gas pump. >> also recovered at the hotel parking lot were a couple of stolen mercedes cars that were rented at bay area airports, again, by stolen credit card numbers. inside the room were drugs, a meth pipe and a laptop computer with a card reader. over all, about 50, 60 cards were recovered. losses are estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. in the newsroom, brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. 7:37. there is a new trend involving counter fit money spreading in sacramento county. in this case, the problem is
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not with $100 bills but with fake 10s, 5s, even 1s. at the arden fair mall one man was caught with $13,000 in fake bills. now more businesses are buying systems. >> they feel there's less attention paid to a lower denomination bill than the higher ones. >> the sacramento county sheriff's department said they see about 50 counter fit cases every year. most cases go to the secret service. top democrats are standing up for dianne feinstein after a former director accused her of being too emotional. kyla campbell is live in washington, d.c. to explain the backlash there on capitol hill. >> reporter: on one of the sunday morning political shows former cia director michael
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haden said that feinstein was being too emotional with her attempt to shed light on the methods. feinstein called his comments nonsense and she was quickly defended by harry reid. reid said the former cia director was being condescending and disrespectful of women. >> this woman has been an outstanding leader of that intelligence committee. she's been fearless, thorough and fair. >> reporter: the 6300-page report on the cia's interrogation methods is still classified. but feinstein and other senate intelligent members voted 11-3 last week to declassify a portion of that report. what the cia is doing in response to that vote, i'm working on that story for you at 8:30. live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. a louisiana congressman sworn into office just a few months ago is now fighting for his political life due to a sex
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scandal. republican vance mcalister issued a public apology after a louisiana newspaper posted grainy video that went viral. it shows him passionately kissing a member of his staff. he's married and has five children. he campaigned as a christian conservative who champions family values. >> faith and value, sorie missed in washington, d.c. >> he made headlines at president obama's state of the union address. he invited willie robertson to attend the speech as his guest. a popular hiking trail in yosemite, is closed. 16,000 ton us of rock fell off a cliff. this happened back on march 31st, destroying part of the trail right above the hef hetchy reservoir. at low of the boulders fell down -- a lot of the bolders fell down in the water. no one was hurt. they are not sure how long it
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will take to clear the trail. sky watchers gearing up for some cool in the sky. mars, earth and the sun will be arranged in almost a straight line. it's called opposition because mars and the sun will appear opposite each other in our sky. opposition between earth and mars happen every 26 months tonight's spectacle comes days ahead of the closest approach to earth at 57 million miles,. 7:41. house fires in a san jose neighborhood may underscore a bigger issue with homes all across the bay area. the specific type of home firefighters say may have likely fueled the flames. high drama in a south african courtroom. what happened during pistorius's emotional testimony that prompted the judge to end the day's proceedings early. we're looking at a commute
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that is still pretty busy in the east bay. but also in the south bay. northbound 280 you can see for yourself, it's slow getting up to highway 17. we'll tell you more about the commutes and some of the drive times. already, a lot of sunshine it will be a beautiful day for the giants' home opener. will it be as warm as yesterday? we had 80 degrees in the city. some fog has returned. we'll show you how that will impact some of the coastal temperatures. [ male announcer ] get to subway for the spicy italian, now the $3 six-inch select of april. try it fresh toasted on garlic bread with shredded mozzarella
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7:44. searchers looking for those black boxes from the missing malaysia airplane not having much luck. so far, they've not been able to relocate the sounds from the southern indian ocean that were first heard over the weekend. a u.s. ping locater had twice
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picked up sounds that experts said were consistent with those emitted by an airplane's data recorder. >> it's so important to try to get another transmission and we need to continue until there's absolutely no chance that the devices are still transmitting. >> the problem is the batteries on the data recorders are only designed to last 30 days after a crash. we're now past that 30-day mark. so there's concern that batteries may have -- that the batteries may have died. relatives of the passengers held and all-night vigil in beijing to mark one month since the plane went missing. for family members, the waiting and worder hag taken its toll- - and worrying has taken its toll. many people have spent many day in in hotel in beijing waiting for word on the wait of their loved up up with -- loved
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ones. it's been emotional testimony again today in a south african courtroom. a showrt time ago, the judge ended the trial for the day in the oscar pisser pistorius case trial. this is after this breakdown. [crying] >> he also got physically sick. cameras were not allowed to show his face as pistorius described the death of his girlfriend. pistorius admits shooting her inside his home on valentine's day last year. but he said he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder. prosecutors say he intentionally killed her after a heated argument and have charged him with premeditated murder. 7:46. back here at home play some games, help with some very important health research. pam cook is from the studio
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with more. >> it's called a brain health registry. the focus, to tackle the tough diseases such as alzheimer's and parkinson's. you sign up on the website brainhealthregistry.org, answer questions, play some games and they do the research. organizers want you to do back to the site every three to six months to take more testifies and help researchers understand the brain. it's the first project to use the internet in this way. the information will be used to study other things like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other neurological issues. you won't get scores back because they say that could influence things. hundreds of hospital workers are finding out they will soon be out of a job. the palm drive hospital board made the controversial decision last night, they are closing by
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the end of this month. now, it's in sebastopol and provides the closest emergency room for outlying areas. board members voted to shut down the hospital because they are running out of money. the ceo says on average only eight beds a day are filled and the er, the hospital labs are losing almost $2 million a year. the closure will force people in towns to drive. >> now any kind of medical calls will take 15, 20 minutes longer just to get to the er. >> because of that decision, 250 people will also loss their jobs. task force plans to look at the option of reopening the hospital as an outpatient facility without an emergency department. covered california is being called a success. but some say the state has not
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done enough to reach out to the latino population. according to initial reports, only 26% of hshts enrolled for covered california deadline. that's about 12,000 less than the state projected. latinos are a target for the program because they tend to be younger and healthier offsetting the costs of caring for sicker and older enrollees. >> it's not a good feeling. you are worried about your yearly physical and dental also. >> 3 million people have health insurance in california. covered california is still adding up their final numbers which are expected to be released sometime next week. 7:49. let's check in with sal. you are watching highway 24, aren't you? >> we are and tori mentioned that we might be having a better time because of spring break. >> yeah. >> i hope so, tori. look at highway 24. i want you to look at it with me. doesn't look all that bad. it's just a little lighter than
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usual, i don't know if you can tell. sometimes we see it stopped here. it's kind of moving. it's slightly better and some schools had spring break last week. some have it this week. there you go. let's go up to the toll plaza area. that's moderate. about a 30-minute drive into san francisco. about the only difference i can say is today after 9:00 we're expecting a big crowd into the city for the giants' home opener today. 1:35 at&t park should be getting out at about 4:00 or so. traffic very slow. let's go back to steve. all right, sal. thank you. mostly sunny. a little bit of fog has come creeping back. it won't make much of an impact except a few locations, i think by the coast, especially the san mateo coast and parts of the city where it was 80. not today. it will still be nice. mostly sunny. everything looks fine. good to go for the game. yesterday, i probably would
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have said 76, 75. today, 70. i don't think the fog will be an impact. it is for a few. there are areas where the fog is rather thick but it's shallow and low. it will be gone by noon if not sooner and temperatures will be mild to warm. you can see the higher clouds coming in. yesterday this was clear. we have a little twist, a different forecast. a few upert 40s, mid-50s, generally running cooler about 3, 5 degrees compared to yesterday. most of the offshore breeze is kind of -- it's a push. there's a slight west. a little east, depending upon your location. it's not that strong at all. another nice day with a little cooldown by the coast. 31 up in tahoe. 33 in reno. each day i think we'll see an increase in the fog as this system inches closer, kind of budges the high out of the way. a lot of sunshine. a couple of patches of thick fog. i don't think it will last much locker. 70s for -- longer.
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70s for some. mid-80s, a few upper 80s pushing in here. wouldn't take much when you start off with 57, 58 degrees. still, though, close to yesterday's values if not warmer, inland but slight cooldown over by some of the beaches today. not as nice. that fog will make an impact. we'll drop on friday. we kind of cold things as we go into the weekend. eight minutes before 8:00. another car company has announced a recall. a lot of these right now, isn't there? the problem some ford customers need to be aware of. >> it happened on friday. i didn't know about it until monday. >> parents kept in the dark where they are demanding after three different sexual assaults near schools. [ yodeling plays ]
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to tell them about a recent string of sexual assaults targeting elementary school students. investigators say the man in this sketch is responsible for three attacks involving three different girls at three different oakland elementary schools. most recent march 28th at bella vista elementary. >> what is the district -- not necessarily by principal, but what is the district going to do to make sure all of us parents are aware it's out there, as if it was a case of the measles. >> we rely too heavily on administrators to communicate the information. >> the oakland school district is promising to keep parents better informed. that's as the police are still searching for the attacker. a 10-year-old ohio girl could be in a little legal trouble after a recent sleepwalking episode turned into a bit of a nightmare. police say the girl grabbed the keys to the family car drove
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down their street and crashed into a parked semi and three parked cars. her stepdad claims she has a developmental disability and is prone to sleepwalking but has never done anything like this. no one was hurt. the girl was not arrested but she was cited and will have to appear in juvenile court. the university of connecticut is your new ncaa men's basketball champions. [ cheers ] >> uconn won last night. this is the huskies' fourth national title since 1999. this year they were a 7th seed, the first ever to win the turnment. back in stores, excited students caused a little bit of
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damage. they overturned furniture inside the union, broke street lights and stop signs outside. at least 30 arrests were made. students hope to celebrate tonight that's when the uconn women's team faces notre dame for the championship in nashville. pretty special to have two championships. a lot of excitement around here at the bay area because it's opening day at home for the san francisco giants. the field looks great. >> it does. >> there's also new security at at&t park for the new season. >> reporter: a homeowner is devastated after a fire rips through his home in san jose and damages two others. we'll tell you what we've learned about the fire investigation. good morning. we're still looking at some slow traffic in places. it's getting even slower in some others. this is highway 24 where it's moderate. we'll tell you the drive time at the bay bridge. a lot of sunshine already. a few high clouds. but the coastal fog which was absent yesterday has made a
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little bit of an appearance today. we'll show you how that cools down some of those coastal temperatures.
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francisco giants for the fans. the ballpark looks beautiful. the anticipation has reached a fever pitch for giants' fans. alex savidge is already inside at&t park. he will be telling us what fans can effect for the game this afternoon and the bold way some of them are expressing their love for the giants and the game online. stay tuned for that coming up in a minute. it's tuesday, april 8th. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. steve could not have ordered better weather for the opener. >> you just saw it. it will be beautiful. not as warm as yesterday, when it was 80. it will still be nice. tiny bit of fog might play into the forecast for a while for some. wasn't there yesterday. it's back today. mostly sunny, near 70 degrees. probably between 70, 73 game time. yesterday was running 5, 7 degrees warmer. today is a little bit cooler. once the fog comes back, it impacts the areas and that's the only areas i think it will impact. patches of fog. fair, mild. it will be sunny to mostly sunny. another nice to warm to very
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warm day. already 60 for some. did have a couple of 40s. now already warming up fast. mountain view is in there. concord, napa warming up. a lot of sunshine already. it will still be mostly sunny. mostly sunny. a few patches of fog. they will lose out. too much in the way of high pressure 60s, 70s to near 80. here's sal. we usually don't do traffic forecasting here but i've been doing this for a long time. if you are going into the city today and you are bringing your car, you will be in plenty of company. let's go to the toll plaza camera. that's backed up for a 30- minute drive and the traffic into the city because of the giants' home opener will be constant and heavy all day. san francisco right now, northbound 101 approaching the 80 split. that traffic is light but when the game gets out, there will be a lot of people leaving the
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city. unless something happens, it never really has, in all of my years of doing this, it's always slow after a home opener getting out of the city. northbound 280 is a mess. 85 solid from 87 saratoga and 101 is backed up from southern san jose the whole way through. so santa clara valley not having a holiday. it looks terrible. back to the desk. continuing coverage of the fast-moving fire in san jose that destroyed one home and damaged two more. it broke out around 3:00 yesterday afternoon on mossbrook circle, not far from westgate mall. janine de la vega is finding out more about where the fire may have started and how the neighborhood is coming together to help the people who lost everything. good morning, ja neeb. >> -- janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. it's very sad. neighbors describe this as a war zone. this car, completely burned,
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destroyed. behind it is the property that's basically now completely devastated. they put up these chain-link fences. there's no longer a house there. it's piles of rubble. the homeowner was on his way to los angeles, heard his house was on fire. he was teary-eyed and said he was just glad his family who was left there was able to escape but now, as you can see, all of this belongings are -- his belongings are gone. fire crews brought into a bull doser to move the piles of debris because the fire was still burning underneath it and they needed to get to the flames. an investigator was able to go onto the property before that to look for what may have caused the fire to start but now that the scene has been disrupted i'm told by firefighters it's too hard to collect any evidence. the fire was stubborn. it began at 3:00 yesterday afternoon and continued to burn for around eight hours. it destroyed one house and damaged the two neighboring
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homes. >> she said she had like 15,000 photos on her computer and it's now a molten mass of yuck. so we're gonna try to see if we can eventually get into the house try to find that computer, grab the hard drive and see whether we can magically resurrect it. >> reporter: a couple of families are being helped by the red cross. they are looking for answers. firefighters watched over the homes overnight to make sure that nothing sparked back up. a firefighter told me this morning that investigators seemed to think the fire may have started near an electrical box towards the back of the home but that's just preliminary. it's unclear if any other investigator will be back out again today. so still no definitive cause of this fire. but we have learned from the people who live here this is a very tight-night neighborhood. they -- tight-knit neighborhood. they are do everything they can to support those who had their homes destroyed or damaged.
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reporting live from san jose, janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >> we have more about the type of homes. they are called cihler homes. these homes can be found all over northern california and in parts of southern california. they are designed to bring the outside in with a lot of windows and open space. the firefighters say that type of floor plan, it actually fueled the flames during yesterday's fire. the design of the homes, it creates a draft effect. it sucks air up and through the house. people who live in the homes that burned say they knew about the higher fire danger. they say the homes are known as seven-minute eichler because they burn fast. here in the bay area, the homes can be found in several cities including san rafael, san mateo, mountain view, walnut creek, oakland and san jose. 8:05. the woman found beaten to death by oakland's lake merritt has been identified as a young
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mother. 23-year-old kimberly robertson had recently moved to oakland from dallas. she had a 3-year-old daughter. robertson's body was found saturday morning near park boulevard and third avenue. investigators are not sure if she was killed there or somewhere else. relatives say she was last seen getting into a van outside an oakland nightclub late friday or early saturday morning. in novato police released a sketch of a man they want to talk to in connection with a homicide in that city. they say this man might be from a central american country. police are kof offering a -- are overing a $11 -- are offering a $1,000 reward for a positive i.d. on the man. jimmy lucero tejada's body was found by a hiker friday evening in an open space near the loma verde preserve. police have not said how tejada was killed. it's the first homicide in novato this year and there were none last year. the search for a missing menlo park woman last seen on
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mount tam has been suspended. the family is pleading for anyone who come forward who has any information. >> please contact rangers. >> she was last seen on this surveillance video at the book jack parking lot on march 30th. park rangers say she paid for day parking but never came back. they started searching for her over the weekend. so far no sign of her. >> we don't know if she's voluntary lost. we don't know if she's a victim of some foul play. but right now, she's just lost. >> now, her white rental car has been impounded by the marin county sheriff's department. park rangers say the search has been suspended until they get new leads or information about a specific part of the mountain to search. the california air national guard released new photos of this week's dramatic rescue at
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sea. a navy warship rescued a sick child aboard a family sailboat hundreds of miles off the coast of mexico. a national guard team from moffett field played a key role in the position. the girl is in stable condition on the ship and that ship is due to arrive in san diego tomorrow with r the girl will go more medical -- where the girl will undergo more medical treatment. today, google is set to announce a glass for work program. it's tee signed to bring more business applications to its high-tech users. glass is currently only available to people who are testing the devices. it includes some business companies, hospitals and law enforcement agencies. details on how the program works will be announced today. 8:08. this is the day giants' fans have been waiting for. they are back in town for the home opener at at&t park. ktvu's alex savidge is inside
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at&t park. fans started lining up. where are you? you are over there. are you in the official sal castanedo seat? i know you can't hear me. >> reporter: what a fantastic day for baseball out here at at&t park. it's already sunny outside. the weather will just be beautiful for the san francisco giants' home opener. as you can see, we've moved to the up deck at at&t -- upper deck at at&t park. we're just hours away from the first pitch. the giants and diamondbacks will take the field later this afternoon. as you look down there live, you have a beautiful view of the field. we were down the field. it is perfectly manny tour cured. the -- manicured. the crew is down there putting the finishing touches on the field. the giants and diamondbacks will take the field at 1:35. the giants are playing well. they are 5-2. first place in the n.l. west. tim hudson will be on the mound. we're seeing fans out here at
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at&t park. we ran into this couple. check them out. they are dedicated giants' fans. they are wearing their giant championship ring hats made entirely of home. those things cost they told me about $300 apiece. they are specially made by a friend of theirs. they are excited by the way the giants have started their season so far. they are ready for a fantastic season. >> we're number one. two rings in three years. we're looking good this year. we're looking great this year. we took the dodgers two out of three games. yeah, that would be nice to purchase another ring. >> if you are coming to the ballpark today for the home opener or at any point, there are some changes in terms of security that you want to keep in mind. there will be metal detectors set up at some of the entrances and fans will have to go
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through those metal detectors. they will be at a few entrances. they will be phased in throughout the season. this is part of a mandate for mlb. if you are bringing a bag down, you can't bring the large bags. bear that in mind. it should be a gorgeous day to play baseball. let me bring you out here to a live picture. this is live from mccovey cove across the water. a beautiful shot at at&t park. these are very nice seats. i will see if we can stick around until game time. this will be a perfect place to watch the place. first pitch 1:35 today. tim hudson on the mound for the giants back home in san francisco. we're live at at&t park in san francisco. alex savidge, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. nice seats. i'm sure he will try to stick around there if he can. a concord police officer accused of being on the wrong side of the law. the implication and possible
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ripple effect that could affect hundreds of bay area cases. what we now know about a man who walked into a police station and shot a gunman several times. how the gunman caught police officers offguard. we're looking at a commute that's gets busier by the moment in some areas, also improving in some areas. 280 is a mess. i will tell you how bad the south bay is. we're also looking at another nice forecast. yesterday was clear. today we have a little twist. fog has come back. we'll see if that impacts any coastal temperatures and the forecast, you already know it. it will be nice but we'll show you how nice. place in iowa at jennie-o we ha where every thursday people ride 10 miles for tacos. we thought we'd show up and surprise them with a better kind of taco made with jennie-o ground turkey cooked thoroughly to 165. i feed my kids turkey tacos over regular tacos any day. i think they are light and they are just fresh tasting. yeah. when i eat well, i feel well.
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8:14. just moments ago, in fact, authorities in washington state raised the official death toll to 34 in the mudslide disaster in the town of oso. that's one higher than yesterday's death toll. the coroner's office is still working to identify this latest victim. 12 people are also still missing following the tragedy that occurred three weeks ago. 8:15. this morning we're learning more about a possible motive for that deadly fort hood texas army base shooting. investigators say the gunman, ivan lopez, asked for time off just before the shooting. but they didn't say if it was approved or turned down. last wednesday, lopez shot and killed three people, injured 16
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more before he killed himself. there are reports that he argued with other soldiers before the shooting. rampage. we're learning more information about a shooting at a los angeles police department building. investigators say an officer was shot seven times after a man walked in and opened fire at 8:00 last night. two officers fired back critically injuring the suspect. it happened white a community -- while a community meeting was being held. witnesses report hearing at least 20 shots. >> if an individual comes into a police station and starts to shoot for no reason, we don't know what this person is capable of. >> the officer injured is in the hospital. he's expected to survive. the gunman was last listed in critical condition. last june, a gunman ambushed two police detectives outside of that same police station. that gunman was never caught. ford is announcing two recalls affecting about 435,000
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vehicles. the bigger recall impacts about 386,000 escape suvs built between 2001 and 2004. ford says there may be corrosion issue with the car that could lead to steering problems. the second recall involved nearly 49,000 ford fusions, escapes, c-maxes and lincolns. ford said those vehicles have seatback frames that don't conform to safety standard and increase the risk of injury. hey, sal, what's happening on the roads now? >> that's very slow. last time i told you how bad it was. highway 101 northbound coming up to the 880 interchange. it's very slow. it begins near the capitol expressway. a lot of people going into work in the valley early it seems, earlier than normal. i want to show you this as we get up to the maps. we can kind of take an overview of the south bay.
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northbound 101 is slow from the capitol sproi all the way up into sunnyvale and -- expressway all the way up into sunnyvale. 85 is slow and so is 280. bay bridge toll plaza is backed up for a -- i would say -- let me look at the screen here, 30- minute delay. 32 minutes something like that. the drive time into san francisco. so please give yourself extra time. 8:18. let's go to steve. >> thank you, sal. >> you are welcome. >> good morning. we have mostly clear skies. there was some fog. but like that, it's gone. some very thick fog. some of the fog horns were sounding in the city. i think things are starting to burn off. the fog won't last that much longer. it will be sunny and nice. not as warm as yesterday. take the sunscreen, it can get warm. temperatures will be in the 70s. yesterday, they hit 80 degrees. they he booing the city. it will be nice to warm. some -- they will be 80 in the city today.
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it will be nice to warm. it will not be 86 in santa cruz again. that's for sure. but it will be warm. higher clouds cruising by. 58 to start. a few high clouds. no fog made it in oakland. 60s for some. mountain view is in there. dropping 10 for half moon bay. they did have thick fog. sfo is 59. san francisco is warming up fast. it won't take long. there's not much of a sea breeze. there is a little puff of one for a few. but i think that's starting to abate. ukiah, sacramento. monterey is cooler. already 67 in los angeles. 66 san diego. next couple of days, the little system will drag across and increase that onshore push. it's very, very little. there's hardly any breeze at all. except for a few patches of coast fog it will be out of here and temperatures warming up. 80sen the temperatures inland, 70s around the bay to near 80.
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brentwood, oakley, gilroy, 86. san jose at 82. also 80. one for redwood city. palo alto, 82. i think they were 83 yesterday. san bruno, 78. 67 dc, pacifica and half moon bay. very thick fog around half moon bay, el granada and pacifica. i think that will get out of there. cooldown. friday looks cooler and then settle into what looks like a pretty pleasant weekend. thank you, steve. a chance to become part of a groundbreaking and innovative research without leaving the couch. the simple way you can help fight brain diseases such as alzheimer's by barely moving a finger. and an incredible medical breakthrough. why some paralyzed people may walk again.
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hl health official will be addressing several thousand people this afternoon at a marketing conference and will go to portland before coming here at san jose state university for several lectures featuring prominent women. a group filed paperwork to raise the minimum wage for $15 for the november ballot to
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raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour in 2015. 14 an hour in 2016 and 15 and hour by 2017. san francisco's chamber of commerce has concerns about this. they say it should be studied first to make sure it doesn't have anything niv impacts on job -- negative impacts on job creators and the economy. san francisco has the highest minimum wage in the country. 10.15 an hour. the santa fe, new mexico wage is due to rise to 10.66 an hour in may and a proposed ballot measure in oakland would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $12 toy 25 an hour. 8:24. a new study released this morning is giving hope to people who are paralyzed. researchers say they have successfully restored voluntary movement to four men who were told they would never move their legs again. >> there you go.
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oh, my gosh. >> doctors implanted the man with the device that sends electrical stimulation directly to the spine. all four can now lift their legs, flex their ankles and support their own weight while standing when the device is turned on. the first time i turned it on, it was exciting and emotional for me at the same time. emotional because i was told that i would never be able to walk or move by legs again. scientists say the experiment opens up a huge number of possibilities for millions of americans suffering from paralysis. they say this study only "scratches the surface." >> wow. that's incredible. the institute for highway safety released results of a new crash test involving mid- sized suvs. the chevy equinox and the terrain are the only mid-sized models to get a good rating in a front crash test. this test replicates what happens when the front corner
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of a vehicle clips either another vehicle or something like a tree or utility pole. the test is difficult to pass. it's different from the head-on crashes. the equinox and the terrain, they get the institute's top safety pick of 2014. now, on our channel 2 website, ktvu.com, we've posted the complete list of the results, including which vehicles did not do well. just look for the web links section under hot topics. luck ran out for a bay area identity theft ring the way one casino worker helped bring down a very elaborate scam and why the police are still looking for more victims >> reporter: we're live in martinez where a former concord police officer appears on charges that he stole drugs from seniors. we'll tell you how his case could affect other cases. we're looking at the macarthur maze and checking out the drive to the bay bridge. a little bit slow but nothing major. coming up we'll show you the
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good morning. welcome back to "mornings on 2." it is tuesday, it's april 8th. i'm dave clark. we get to talk about weather. it's beautiful out there. it is beautiful out there, isn't it, steve? >> yes, it is. >> okay. [laughter] >> the control room is talking in my ear. thank you, sir. mostly sunny skies. a few high clouds. a little bit of patchy fog as has decided to come back. yesterday, we were severe clear. that's not the case. you will still be fabulous at the game. take the sunscreen. it will be warm, just not as warm as yesterday when san
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francisco hit 80. not yesterday. it's already warming up quick. it will be mild to warm. a couple of patches of fog make an impact on the coast. 50s for some. 60s for others. there will be a few locations purring the mid-80s be on -- pushing the mid-80s on the coast. i think it will be sunny and warm for almost everybody. a few patches of fog. more of a summertime map. 66 pacifica to 86 in antioch. here's sal. >> we're still looking at some pretty terrible conditions out there in this 8:00 hour. by terrible, i mean very slow. highway 24 seems to be slow here in la fayette. slow in orinda. when up get to the other side of the bay bridge, you will see about a 30-minute drive time into san francisco. we've been highlighting the south bay, we have some slow traffic there in san jose along northbound 101. i drew an arrow on the map to show you how bad it is.
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if you are taking transit which is probably a good idea, b.a.r.t. has no delays. caltrain and muni have some minor delays. back to the desk. later today, a former concord police officer will face a judge on charges he stole prescription drugs from senior citizens. tara moriarty is joining us live at the contra costa county courthouse to tell us how this case could effect hundred of cases. tara? >> reporter: officer matthew switzer will appear in court later this afternoon. he actually resigned from his job yesterday. his arrest is obviously calling his credibility into question. it would certainly have an impact on other cases that he's been involved with. now, switzer resigned, again, yesterday. he was a k-9 officer for the concord police department. he's accused of using his position as an officer to enter a senior living center and steal norco, a powerful prescription. one attorney said his client was stopped by switserser in
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2012. switzer released the man on him. the man suffered dog bites had to be treated at the hospital. a jury didn't believe the man and he was convicted in february. switzer was never called to the stand because he himself was under investigation. >> unfortunately, my client was convicted without the jurors and court having this information and his recourse now is to ask for a new trial. we intend to do that. >> reporter: now the public defender's office has to sift through thousands of cases reviewing every open case as well as closed cases or convictions that might have involved switzer. that would lead to a retrial or a request for a dismissal. live from martinez, i'm tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. happening today -- suspended state senator leland yee is due back in court in less than an hour and is
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scheduled to enter a plea. his arraignment is scheduled for k-9:00. he's accused -- at 9:00. he's accused of gun trafficking and corruption. two codefendants are scheduled to appear in court. the california senate has removed the web pages of leland yee and two other suspended state senators. most senators have their photographs on their district home pages. but the home pages for senators yee, rod wright and ron calderon now show the state's seal and the number of their districts with no mention of their names. one another note, all three of the suspended senators are still collecting their $95,000 a year salaries. an alert cashier at grayton casino is credited for ending the luck of a counterfeit credit card ring. brian flores is in our newsroom to explain how the group was eventually uncovered and the warning for others this
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morning, too, good morning. >> in this age where cash is rarely used people need to be aware of unsecured internet sites and places like gas pumps. investigators say those are some of the ways this group stole active credit card numbers. once they got the numbers, they would use this machine, and then make new counterfeit cards. deputies arrested six people so far in the ring. two women and four men from places like walnut creek, hayward and folks. all of those involved were taken into custody. investigators say they would create the cards inside the room at the double tree hotel near rohnert park. they apparently thought the group was an easy target. but that was not the case here. an alert employee noticed red flags. >> atm, got a voucher, the coucher -- they go up to the cashier to try to cash it. the cashier looked at the
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credit card, looked at the i.d., and noticed the credit card appeared to be counter fit. they ran the magnetic strip and some of the -- the magnetic strip didn't work. >> now, two of the people were detained at the hotel until sheriff's deputies arrived. when they got there, they uncovered two stolen rental cars. several thousands of dollars in cash, drugs, a meth pipe and a laptop computer with a card reader. the room they were in was checked in by a credit card card as well. the hotel manager became suspicious when the suspects tried at least four other cards before a fifth one finally worked. meantime, the group made about 50 to 60 counterfeit cards. investigators say they are looking for one more person involved in the ring. losses estimated to be about tens of thousands of dollars. we're live in the newsroom brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, brian. democrats in congress are standing up for a california senator accused of being emotional. that was the adjective used by
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a former cia director when describing dianne feinstein. he said the senator was not objective into the interrogation methods. kyla campbell is live in our washington, d.c. newsroom to explain the backlash on capitol hill. kyla? >> reporter: on one of the sunday morning shows, michael haden said the investigation results might show feinstein's deep, emotional feeling and lack of onivity. they -- objectivity. they voted about the questionable methods of the cia. the cia is moving those sections before moving forward. top democrats were quick to defend feinstein saying haden would not have made those same accusations against a man. >> because she criticizes
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tactics led by general haden that was torture, she is being too emotional? i don't think so. >> reporter: feinstein defended her investigation into the cia's tactics, calling the former director's comments nonsense. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. happening today, another $100 million donation for ucsf from the ceo. mark bennyoff and his wife gave money to children's hospital back in 2010. the new donation will be split between ucsf and children's hospital oakland. that hospital will now be renamed ucsf bennyoff children's hospital oakland. back in january, the two hospitals formed an alliance. they are jointly conducting research and offering comprehensive medical care. if you are looking for a way to cool off, why not grab a free scoop of ben and jerry's
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ice cream? it's free cone day. the company says it's designed as a thank you for customers. the annual tradition began after the company opened its first shop in 1979 and there are three ben and jerry shopping in the bay area. they are in oakland, berkeley and san francisco. it will be a nice, warm day, too. >> tc, you know -- they are my boys. >> tempting. >> oh, yeah. >> uh-huh. it's something you won't see again for at least 20 years. an out of this world spectacle in the sky. expect to see it if you look in the sky tonight. it's opening day for the san francisco giants and the new security for at&t park for the new season. we're looking at the san mateo bridge and checking out some of the traffic there. it seems to be heavy. opening-day forecast coming
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>> he was very excited about the potential impact and stion of this new stu -- significance of this you? study. it's called a brain health rege stray. you see -- registry. you sign up at brainhealthregistry.org, answer some questions about history and then you will play some games and they do the research. i just spoke to dr. winier, the researcher, he's also the director of one of the largest projects in the world that's studying alzheimer's. he says he found the biggest obstacle in studying the diseases is the high cost of clinical trials. he thought why not use the internet? >> this is a way that pipe can help honor -- people can help honor their friends and family and help development resolves for these injuries.
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>> dr. winier says the eventual goal, work on preventive measures for these diseases. organizers will want you to come back to the site every three to six months to take more tests and help researchers understand the human brain as it ages and changes. i did ask him about security, people worried about their information, their medical information, he said they are not -- he said they are actually for less information than you give on a website. not your social security number. not any of that. if you do feel uncomfortable answering any questions, you don't answer them. dave? >> all right. we've been talking about today being the big home opening game for the giants. today is also an historic baseball day. the 40th anniversary of one of the biggest home runs ever. >> here's the pitch by downing. there's the drive. that ball is gonna be out of here! [ cheers ] >> hank aaron hit his 715th home run this day 1974.
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broke babe ruth's record of 714. i remember it like yesterday. hank aaron played two more years, he retired with 755 career home runs. that record stood until barry bonds hit his 756th home run in 2007. >> boy, an risk day for chur -- an historic day for sure. today, it's the day giants' fans have been waiting for. we're hours away from the home opener. alex savidge is live on the field on what you need to know if you are headed to the game. alex? >> reporter: we're counting down this morning to the san francisco giants' home opener. we're gonna tell you about all of the preparation work that's happening down here to prepare the field for the big game a few hours from now. we'll tell you how fans are feeling leading up to the home opener. that's all coming up.
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all right. these are some live pictures right now. it looks like some of the crews taking -- what are they carrying? >> a tarp it looks. >> it looks like a big centipede. getting ready for the big game. we lost our connection with alex. he's been telling us about some of the extra security they've been doing. >> and then all of the new features at the ballpark, the bowling alley. >> the herb garden. >> yeah. a nightclub and stuff. >> pluck some of your fresh herbs. let's check in with sal. i imagine there will be extra traffic around the ballpark, sal? >> no! you think? [laughter] >> with 40,000 people -- >> including one sal castanedo. >> that's right. i think the conclusion, take public transit if you can. parking is very exspinsive. and you -- expensive and you don't want to worry about your car or whatever you drive.
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80 westbound as you head out to the macarthur maze, it's slow coming out of el cerrito. we've had slow traffic at the bay bridge toll plaza. the only difference today we're likely to see slow traffic continuing until about 1:00 or so. this is the people who are coming in with their cars for opening day. and then going back out, plan for that as well. southbound 101 near candle still, there was a report of a crash. we're focusing on 580 livermore and dublin. it's really slow and terrible there and then 880 is a mess between 92 and 84 because of some earlier crashes that have been involved to the shoulder. if you are driving in those commutes, exwish yourself ex -- give yourself extra time. >> sal? >> yes. >> a lot of b.a.r.t. lots are full. >> maybe you can get your friend to drive to you b.a.r.t. how about that? >> thank you, friend. [laughter] >> we have a lot of high clouds over us. some patchy fog. it's still going to be very mild to warm today. looks like another beautiful
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day. not as nice as yesterday. yesterday everyone was close in the 80s. it will be sunny, mostly sunny. no worries of the not worried about that. just not as warm as yesterday. in the 70s. there might be a puff more of a westerly breeze. it won't matter. a lot of high clouds kind of drifting over. i think they will thin out. upper 50s, low 60s. mountain view says that, redwood city says that antioch says 64. that seems warm. we're getting into that time of the year where it can warm up quick. some of that fog on the increase. that will cool down a few locations i think along the san mateo coast. 40s, 50s. weak little system is inching towards us. that will start to increase the fog. a few patches of coast fog. there was a little bit working its way over the city. it looks like a lot of that has burned off. 60s for maybe a few. a lot of 70s and 80s for many. clearlake 87. cloerwy says, you know -- chloe says, you know, we're the warmest on the map today.
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we deserve a shoutout. there you go. livermore, 84. walnut creek, 83. 76 berkeley and alameda. 86 for gilroy. san jose, 82. milpitas, 83. san bruno. 78. 70s upper 80s for many. mostly sunny. gradual cooldown coast and bay. it looks like the fog will win out for a cooldown. night and morning fog. otherwise, sunny. the weather is beautiful. as we head back to at&t park for the home opener which is now less than five hours away, ktvu's alex savidge is live on the field. we have our contact back. it looks like they are getting ready, alex. >> reporter: yeah. gorgeous kay for baseball down on the field -- day for baseball down on the field. a lot of prep work happening. you can see the grounds crew getting the beeld all -- field all set. the field looks fantastic.
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the grass perfectly cut already for opening day. they face off against the arizona diamondbacks. you are looking live. you can see they are practicing the unfurling, if you will, of the american flag. that's gonna happen right before the first pitch this afternoon. these folks are gonna be involved in that. it takes some practice to make sure the flag unfurles properly -- unfurls properly. all part of the festivities on opening day. the giants, they are playing well so far. 5-2 so far. they've been on the road against the diamondbacks and then the dodgers. they are coming back home here for the home opener first place in the n.l. west. they are playing well. fans are excited about today's game. they are optimistic about this season. >> i couldn't sleep. ready for a great game today.
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it's just great. >> if you are coming down to the ballpark today or any time this season. there are some changes in terms of security that you will want to keep in mind. they will have metal detectors that will be set up at a number of the entrances today and slowly they will phase in more and more metal detectors throughout the season. this is all part of security changes mandated by mlb. you will want to bear that in mind. it could take longer to get inside the ballpark because of the security changes. the gates open for the fans. 11:00 this morning. all of the seats are empty but they will be filled. we've seen a lot of giants' fans hanging out at at&t park. all geared up for the home opener. the first pitch 1:35 this afternoon. tim hudson on the mound for the giants. they are hoping for the big win at home. we're live this morning inside at&t park in san francisco, alex savidge, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right, alex.
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nachos, hot dogs. >> adult beverage. >> i'm back. still ahead -- a bad shot on a california golf course almost cost a player his life. >> tried to walk back to the cart and bam, i felt it hit me. >> look at that. don't look, tori. dangerous encounter on a golf course one marine vet will never forget
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8:53. a man golfing near sacramento got bit by a rattlesnake after
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making a bad shot off the 11th tee. steven white said he hit the ball off a tree and the ball -- and he went into the tall grass to look for the ball. when he couldn't find the ball, he turned to go back to the cart and that's when the rattlesnake bit him. no warning. he was rushed to the hospital. but he seems to be striking it all in stride. >> i expose it will give me more incentive to learn to hit the ball on the fairway. >> that's for sure. the staff trapped the snake and put it in a trash can to contain it. it will be released back in the wild but very far away from the golf course. smart car owners in san francisco are looking to add security measures after several were tipped over early yesterday morning. we showed you the damage yesterday in bernal heights. owners want to have add a neighborhood watch program, cameras, lights and motion detecters. one owner plans to add an alarm
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to her car. ed lee is going to the state capitol showing his support to reform the ellis act. he will testify at a hearing on the ellis act reform bill that's sponsored by mark leno. leno's bill would give san francisco renters protection from eviction under the ellis act by el estate -- by real estate speculators. it would require an owner to own a building for five years before invoking the ellis act. the city right now bans rentals that are less than 30 days unless the host has a permit. some people are renting out spaces in their homes to tourists to make some extra cash. now, people who went out spaces on websites like air b and b, they are now facing fines, even the possibility of eviction on the grounds of illegally running a hotel. chick-fil-a is hoping to become a major player in the
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fast food world by tweaking their image and menu. today, the company rolls out a new healthy grilled chicken line specifically targeted to the trend-setting millenial generation. they are hoping to revamp the socially conservative image. research shows it's not popular among young consumers. the ceo set off a lot of negative publicity by condemning gay marriage. in the past mott, he said he will leave the issues to the politician. the winner of a $233,000 megamillions jackpot city in union city has come forward. the lottery has just announced he bought the ticket at island pacific south market. he matched five of the six numbers in froip's drawing -- friday's drawing. someone in los angeles won the $350 million prize. that person still has not come forward. a lot of people are gonna
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be watching the sky tonight for something that's happening up there that's really interesting. mars, earth and the sun will be arranged in almost a straight line. they call it opposition because mars and the sun will appear opposite each other in our sky. mars will also be almost ten times brighter tonight than the brightest stars in the sky. if you want to check it out. mars should rise in the east right around sunset. now, tonight's space spectacle comes days ahead of mars closest approach to earth. >> have to take a look at this tonight. one more time, let's check in with sal. see how things are moving on the road. >> the toll plaza is still going to be tough getting into the city. also san francisco traffic right now it's not bad. but it will be later because of the giants' home opener and the nimitz freeway between san lorenzo and hayward still very slow. a little bit of fog. some of it is already clearing
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for a few on the coast. it will be sunny, mostly sunny, mild, sunny, warm. giants' home opener. cooler weather towards the end of the week. >> you need to be at the game, steve. >> dave, if i can get there -- >> i'm thinking good thoughts. that's our report for this morning. wee thank you for making ktvu your choice for news. >> and be sure to watch the ktvu noon news for more on opening day for the giants at at&t park. we're always here for you at ktvu.com, as well as twitter and facebook. thank you for joining us.
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